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Orkut, Google’s first attempt at a social network, is closing in a few months. In an email sent out last night, Google warned Orkut’s users that their accounts would close on September 30th, though their data would be retrievable by Google Takeout through 2016.
The move by Google shouldn’t surprise anyone: Orkut was hardly a success and with the introduction of Google+, it was destined to be forever be a second-class social network in the eyes of its parent company. Google cites the growth and success of YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ as reason enough to “focus [their] energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.” If that isn’t you, Orkut users, oh well. You’ve been given your 10 weeks notice.
A screenshot of the email sent out to Orkut users is below.
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Why would you pay $9.99 or more for one album on iTunes when for the same price each month you can hear millions of songs on a streaming music platform like Spotify?
The concept of digital downloads is something more and more listeners are questioning as new numbers from Nielsen Soundscan show that album and track sales continued to plummet in the first half of 2014. From January 1 to June 29, the industry sold 121 million albums and 593.6 million tracks. Compare that to the 142 million albums and 682.2 million tracks sold in the first half of 2013, we see declines of 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively. The rate of these declines closely match the accelerating decline of physical CD sales through the 2000s. In other words, Spotify is doing to iTunes what iTunes did to CDs.
It’s pretty clear that streaming music is to blame for the decline in digital sales. Since 2011…
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Originally posted on NspireD2: Learning Technology in Higher Ed.:
In “the old days” professors warned students about Wikipedia or flatly forbid its use. Still not recognized as an acceptable primary source, Wikipedia today is often suggested as a place to start exploring a topic. An article in Wired Campus, Academics Continue Flirting With a Former Foe: Wikipedia, includes the following quote:
“Wikipedia is the prime resource for free knowledge. If you’re not in Wikipedia, you’re not in the public consciousness.” (Dariusz Jemielniak)
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A Shipping Container Costs About $2,000. What These 15 People Did With That Is Beyond Epic [trueactivist.com]
All you need is around $2000 to begin building one of these epic homes – made from recycled shipping containers! Check out some of these amazing creations!
A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. That $2,000 will buy you a shipping container. What you do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. These homes are epic.
The legislation repeals what backers said was an outdated California law prohibiting commerce using anything but U.S. currency.
Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, the bills author, said earlier this week the bill reflects the popularity of forms of payment already in use in California like bitcoin and that even rewards points from businesses, such as Starbucks Stars, could technically be considered illegal without an update to currency law in the nations most populous state.
California lawmakers approved the measure on Monday, just days after the failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox received court approval to begin bankruptcy proceedings in the United States as it awaits approval of a settlement with U.S. customers and a sale of its business.
Who Are the Invisibles?
“They’re highly skilled professionals. I’m not talking about the factory worker toiling away anonymously or the person who’s cleaning the hotel room. They’re important too,” says Zweig. “But what I wanted to focus on were the people who are highly educated, very well trained, and very talented and who chose specific fields and certain roles that would put them behind the scenes.”
For most Invisibles, “the better they do their job, the more they disappear,” says Zweig. “It’s only if something goes wrong that they’re ever thought of. If they do their job perfectly, they are unnoticed.”
Zweig, a former magazine factchecker like me a prime example of an Invisible job, wanted to find out why people choose to be Invisible at work and what those of us who aren’t Invisibles can learn from them.
The shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was fired a hundred years ago this weekend.
The assassination in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914, triggered World War I and changed the course of the 20th century. The consequences of that act were devastating. But the beginning of the story sounds almost like a farce — complete with bad aim, botched poisoning and a wrong turn on the road.
Today, in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, you dont have to hunt around for the spot where it all took place. A big purple banner announces it in white capital letters: “The street corner that started the 20th century.”
People take photos as streetcars rumble by. And according to Dr. James Lyon, an expert in Balkan history, the street would have looked almost identical a hundred years ago — it just would have had a few more trees.
A Route Lined With Flags, Fans … And Assassins
IS A university degree a good investment? Many potential students are asking the question, especially in countries where the price of a degree is rising, as a result of falling government subsidies. Recent research suggests that the conventional wisdom remains true: a university degree pays handsomely. In America and the euro zone, for example, unemployment rates for graduates are far below average. Yet the benefit of university varies greatly among students, making an investment in higher education a risky bet in some circumstances.